British Ambassador to Egypt John Casson during his visit to Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) said that Punjab’s IT-based education reforms can be a model for system-wide changes in Egypt’s schools. The Ambassador also said that their government was assisting Egyptian education system for 21.3 million students. But they were facing with problem of both volume and quality of output.That’s why he was interested to learn the technical methodology of system-wide education reform in Punjab, the data systems, transparency-cum-accountability systems and the political management of reforms such as incentives, building alliances and much more.
British Envoy Endorses Punjab’s IT-based Education Reforms for Egypt
He further added that:
“I am also much interested in the role played by innovative approaches parallel to the traditional public sector, including Pakistan Education Trust and low-cost private school networks.”
On the other hand, Dr.Umar Saif the Chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) gave a very informative presentation to the Ambassador. In this presentation he gave briefing about the smart school system working in Punjab. He further added that the province has the open monitoring data of 52,695 public schools and any citizen can challenge its credibility by just checking it online.
This development has promoted transparency and accountability at large scale. Not just that the government had also opted to deliver 120,000 tablets among teachers and students to transform the traditional system into high-tech system.
In the end Dr Saif presented a souvenir to the British ambassador to Egypt and he in return gave the remarks that I hope this experience will prove much fruitful to be incorporated in Egypt.